Happy Mother’s Day

I thought abut writing a deep and meaningful post for today, talking about how much it means to be a mom and how Hashtag: Blessed I am to have an amazing mom in my life and how my daughters make me strive to be the best mom I can be to them. Then I thought, that has all been done time and time before and if you’ve been tuned into my blog for a while you’ll already know how appreciative I am to have to have my mom in my life.

So, today in honour of Mother’s Day I decided that I’d just share a few photos of a little mini photoshoot I gifted to my mom for her birthday last month.

Shelly Cantelo Photography captured these pictures of my mom, myself, Isla and Norah a few weeks ago and I’m so glad we got them done. As a mom we’re always the ones behind the camera capturing the moments of our children’s lives, rarely getting in front of the lens ourselves. A good photo a selfie does not make, no matter how many filters you slap on it.

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Anyway, having these photos taken was a wonderful way to capture the four of us just being, well, us. I’m so glad to have such an amazing mom in my life, and to have her be such a loving, giving, and caring grandma to Isla and Norah.

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I love you!

Weekend Update

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It sure was a gorgeous one in these parts.

My weekend started on Thursday:
It was my birthday! I turned the “magical” age of 29, so I suppose that’s the age I’ll be for the rest of my life now. 😉 It was a fairly low-key day. I opened my present from Kyle (Apple TV!) while he was at work since I had it sitting on the counter and Isla reached up and grabbed it and started opening it for me, lol.

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I went and had sushi for lunch with my dad & his girlfriend and in the afternoon my mom came and picked Isla up so Kyle and I could go out for dinner when he came home from work. I wanted to go to The Noble Pig, which is a brewhouse and a ridiculous place for a pregnant woman to want to go to, but they have deep-fried pickles that are SO amazing and what pregnant woman wouldn’t want those? I also had a virgin Caesar and a pulled-pork sandwich. SO GOOD.

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We went to my mom’s for cake afterwards and that was pretty much my birthday! It was simple and perfect. I received a couple of gift certificates for pedicures (one from my mom and one from Kyle’s!) so I’m all set to have nice feet for when this baby comes.

Friday
Isla and I headed down to Langley to visit my friend Callie! She and Dave had bought a townhouse last fall and I figured I should probably visit and see their place before this baby arrives and I really had no time/energy to travel. It was my first long-distance trip with just Isla and I, but she was an excellent companion and only drove me crazy a couple times down & back 😉

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We had awesome weather and an lovely visit! Callie and I watched movies and binge-ate junk food after Isla went to bed and it was great to just hang out and relax.

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Saturday
Isla and I got ready to head back home mid-morning after a delicious breakfast. She was a little ornery on the drive home but we survived! (Note: While she likes pointing out how big the mountains are, she does NOT like it when I sing “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain.”) We got home mid-afternoon to find that Kyle was almost finished putting her new dresser together! Isla’s “Big Girl” room is now complete and it looks awesome. Now we just need to hang the curtains in the nursery and I can start really setting up for the baby to arrive.

Kyle’s aunt & uncle stopped by for a little visit that afternoon as well; they had a birthday present for me and it was good just to see them and catch up! They got me an awesome stone cookie sheet and an ENORMOUS cookie cookbook, so guess what I’ll be making a lot of in the future … 😉

Sunday
Sunday, of course, was Mother’s Day! Kyle made me breakfast and we more or less set out on our day as per usual. I did some grocery shopping and Kyle did some repairs to our fence so Campbell will stop escaping. I went down to my mom’s for the afternoon with Isla and we had a nice, relaxing afternoon in the yard. Isla ran and played and then did some “swimming” in the hot tub, lol. (My step-dad turned the temperature waaaay down so it was like a nice, warm pool!)

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After our visit there we met Kyle at his mom’s for Mother’s Day dinner with her, his grandma & grandpa, and aunt & uncle.

It was a busy weekend, for sure, and I now have a busy week ahead of me! At least all this busyness is making time go by fast; before I know it I’ll be going into labour, I’m sure. (Probably even sooner if I don’t slow down, ha!)

How was your weekend???

Mom

I was your typical teenager; my parents were a drag and I always felt that my mom was breathing down my neck. “YOU NEED TO STUDY! DO YOUR HOMEWORK! WAKE UP, IT’S 11AM!” Full of your usual teen angst, I thought my mom was too controlling, never letting me go to wild parties, not allowing me to date the boys I wanted, etc … Except she wasn’t. She was always just looking out for me because she knew I could do better.

Of course, she was right. All of the pushing, the nagging and the busting of my chops paid off. I graduated high school, went to university, got my degree and married the love of my life because my mom helped guide me there. If she hadn’t caught me skipping school, I probably wouldn’t have graduated. If she didn’t care about who I dated, I may never have come to realize how amazing of a person my husband was (and still is) back in high school.

I look back at the earlier years – before puberty hit – and remember all the great things my mom did for me. Adventures with her and my grandma. Enrolling me in swimming lessons, piano lessons, choir, soccer, and t-ball. Sending me to school with healthy lunches.

It was those little things that she did that has helped me become the kind of mom I want to be for my own kids. I want to push them to be great but allow them to learn from their mistakes. I want to be there for them but not force myself upon them. I want them to know that I’ll always be their mom and love them no matter what, the same way that my mom has (and still does) for me. I’m sure there were days where she wanted to give up, but I’m glad she didn’t.

So, thank you Mom. I’ve learned so much from you over the past 29 years and I know that there’s more lessons still to come. You’re the best.

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